The Most Delicious Meat Cubes

Preparation time: 15 Cooking time: 60 Easy - for beginners Serves: 4


When Madhur Jaffrey says they are most delicous, she means business, this was amazing with cubed lamb and our house smelled like Periyar, India....I adapted this from her recipe from "Quick and Easy Indian Cooking'


  • 3T vegetable or coconut oil (I use coconut)
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 15 fresh curry leaves (you can find here: or at a local asian market)
  • 1 pound boned shoulder of lamb or pork (we used boneless leg of lamb and it was divine)
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I used one whole dried red pepper broken up)
  • 1 fresh hot green chile, finely sliced (do not remove seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed


Heat the oil over med-high heat and saute' the ginger, garlic and curry leaves. When the garlic just starts to brown, put in the meat. Cook until lightly browned and turn down the heat to med-low. Add the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, green chile and salt. Stir to mix. Add 1/2 cup water and cover tightly. Simmer covered for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and cook down until the liquid has thickened. Stir in ground black pepper and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.

Serve over rice and for an added bonus, mint chutney and yogurt. Pair it with a vegetable like peas…a great meal.

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